Fall, after the first killing frost, is the best time to transplant trees, shrubs and vines.
Plants transplanted in the fall have a better chance of surviving in the spring because their root systems have all winter to develop.
Keeping in mind that plants get most of their water through the roots and lose it through the leaves, there are several things we can do to minimize transplanting shock.
• Plant deciduous plants (those that shed their leaves) after the leaves have dropped in the fall.
• Plant on a cloudy day if possible. If it’s clear, shade the plant.
SOUTHSIDE — Two Southside High School students have won top honors in The Applause Annual High School Creative Writing Contest at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, according to a news release.
Grant Sampson won first place for his poem “Remembrance” and first place for his short story “The Shadow in the Pines.” Ciara Harmon received second place for her poem “The Consuming Sea.”
The students were invited to attend an awards ceremony at University of Arkansas at Fort Smith on Monday. The student writers who produce Applause judged the event.
CORD — Senada Whitehead of Cord recently received the Literacy Student of the Year Award from the Arkansas Bar Association’s Law Related Education committee, according to a news release.
Whitehead is a student of the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project where she has worked for the past year toward becoming a teacher who works with special-needs children. Whitehead and her family came to America from Albania when she was in fourth grade so she could receive better medical care.
Columbia College Lady Cougars (7-2) vs. Lyon College Scots (5-2), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Lady Cougars won 71-53 when these two met three weeks ago in Columbia, Mo. The Lady Cougars are nationally ranked in the NAIA and were unbeaten after their first six games. In that first meeting with Lyon, Amanda Phillips led the winners with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Batesville Junior High basketball teams got off on the right foot in 5A-East District play in Pioneer Gym on Monday night.
The Junior Lady Pioneers defeated the Blytheville Lady Chickasaws 30-24 and the Junior Pioneers routed the Junior Chicks 42-23.
Batesville’s girls led 9-6, 15-11 and 25-16 at the quarter breaks and never trailed.
“I was happy about that,” Batesville Coach Tim Palmer said. “They were determined right from the start.”
He was also pleased with the teamwork they showed.
Batesville Coach Dave King came back from Little Rock Monday with some news for Batesville High football fans.
Along with a press conference for the head coaches of the teams set to play this weekend in the Class 5A, 6A and 7A state championship games, the coaches took part in a meeting and were given tickets for each of the schools to sell.
The tickets can be purchased in advance at the Batesville High School office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday, King announced. The ticket prices are $6 (students) and $7 (adults).
NEWPORT — The Midland Lady Mustangs and Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves advanced at the Medallion Classic here Monday.
The Lady Mustangs clobbered the Barton Lady Bears, winning 67-36 as Katelyn Lewis chalked up 14 points and Kerstie Bumpous added 10.
The 14-0 Lady Mustangs led 27-7 after one quarter of play. They are scheduled to play the Newport-Augusta winner in a semifinal at 4 Thursday afternoon.
NEWPORT — Forget the monkey, Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said.
“We got a big ape off our backs last night,” he said, referring to the Pioneers’ 43-38, high school basketball victory over the Brookland Bearcats here Monday in a first-round game of the Medallion Classic.
The victory was the Pioneers’ first in 20 games. The 19-game loss string goes back to December of last season. This season, they are 1-3.
And they won in what the coach called “uncharted territory.”
After failed attempts at trying to resolve the matter out of court, a federal judge will decide if Independence County is at fault over issues with the hydroelectric project.
The complaint, filed last week from the law firm of Blair & Stroud, claims the county is not willing to pay the cost incurred by its clients in the construction of the dam cap at Lock and Dam 3.
Batesville’s 2011 Christmas parade has been rescheduled for Dec. 10, according to the Batesville Chamber of Commerce.
Lineup will begin at 5 p.m. with the parade at 6. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
The event was first scheduled for this Saturday, but is being rescheduled for the following week to allow for fans of the Batesville Pioneers football team to attend the state playoffs in Little Rock.
Meanwhile, the city’s Christmas lights will be turned on at 5 p.m. Saturday. However, no ceremony will be held.
JONESBORO (AP) — Authorities have reported no major problems as a winter-like storm drops snow on parts of Arkansas.
The National Weather Service had issued a winter weather advisory through noon today for 11 counties in the eastern part of the state. By Monday night, two inches of snow had been reported in Clay and Poinsett counties, while an inch to 1.5 inches was reported in Lawrence and Randolph counties.
The United Way of Independence County has more than 300 names of children left on its Angel Tree.
“Hopefully these names will be picked up by those in the community who will share a Merry Christmas with underprivileged children in Independence County,” administrative assistant Sue Karg said.